Development Projects

Ocotillo Wells Solar                                          Scheduled for commercial operation 2017
Located just east of the Ocotillo Wells area of Borrego Valley in eastern San Diego County, Ocotillo Wells Solar consists of a 50 MW solar photovoltaic project  on 100% privately held land owned by the Gildred Companies. The 440 acre site is fully permitted with the County of San Diego, the lead agency for the project.

This area of the desert is well recognized as having some of the highest rated insolation areas in the country, and the site’s current location benefits from that feature. The gentle-sloping grade of less than 3%, the utility-owned interconnection line traversing the site, and the sparse native vegetation also render this site ideal for a well designed solar facility. Construction is expected to begin in late 2016 with a project commercial operation date of 2017.

The project benefits significantly from being situated in a state with the country’s most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards (“RPS”) targets which currently mandate that Investor Owned Utilities and Load Serving Entities must contract renewable generation at a level equivalent to 33% by 2020. Ocotillo Wells Solar is poised to help meet that state mandate.

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Alpine Ridge                                                   Scheduled to break ground 2014
This residential subdivision consists of thirty three home sites on 310 acres in the foothills of Alpine high above El Capitan Reservoir.  The approximately 10 acre home sites allow for custom homes to enjoy dramatic views of San Diego’s beautiful backcountry.

Ramona Highlands                                          Scheduled to break ground 2015
This 53 acre project consists of four home sites of approximately 13 acres each in the highlands of Ramona.  The property is covered in producing avocado trees and is fully irrigated with municipal water.  Two of the home sites have dramatic views of the backcountry.

Emerald Textiles                                             Fully operational as of 2010
In 2010 the principals of the Gildred Companies built and continue to operate the first new commercial laundry in San Diego in 30 years.  The advanced high-tech commercial heath care laundry facility provides the highest levels of cleanliness to hospitals and clinics throughout Southern California and saves an estimated 40 million gallons of water and more than 700,000 therms of natural gas annually.

For more information about Emerald Textiles visit:  www.emeraldsd.com